Pregnancy week 40 has arrived so your baby is ready to get out of your warm and protective womb. Measuring around 51 centimeters and weighting about 3.2 kilos, your little one will soon see your face and feel your loving arms for the first time!
And his body is definitely ready for the real world – his internal organs are completely developed, his digestive system is very active in creating the meconium, his liver and pancreas function properly, his lungs are breathing the amniotic fluid and his heart is pumping the oxygenated blood to all the internal and external structures.
Also, your baby’s brain is developing new layers of cells every day and your little one is able to see, to differentiate light from dark, to hear your voice, to smell and taste the nourishing milk.
By pregnancy week 40, the baby’s face is completely formed, his eyes have tiny eyelashes and eyebrows, the nose and mouth have the right proportions and the nails grew so big they may actually need a cut.
Being given that your baby is now settled in your pelvis, you may find your belly a little smaller than some weeks ago. However, you may still feel pretty chubby and tired; your legs are probably swollen and painful and your muscles aren’t very relaxed these days.
Although walking is recommended even during these last days of pregnancy, you may not be in the mood for carrying your big baby bump from one place to another.
Also, you may have serious problems resting during nighttime, as your little one – although less active than before, may mark his excitement through some well placed, powerful kicks.
And although it sounds really pitiless, this is good for both you and the baby, as I’m sure you too are impatient to have him in your arms and get rid of your big bump sometime during pregnancy week 40.
However, if this week passes and you’re still pregnant, you may become a little frustrated and worried about being late in delivering your baby.
But this is not as uncommon as you think. In fact, only a small percent of all babies are actually born during pregnancy week 40 and most of them prefer waiting one more week.
If they still aren’t giving any sign that announces labor by the end of the 41st week of pregnancy, the gynecologist may induce the process through medical methods.
Don’t worry, the procedure involves no risks for you or the baby and you can still deliver your little one naturally!